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Best SAK Ever!!! 6869

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2008, 06:38:36 PM »

True, but why carry the Farmer with its woodsaw when the Spirit offers a better woodsaw?

In your opinion, how is it "better"?  The Farmer's woodsaw is longer than the Spirit's.  IMO, that is "better".


I can forsee needing to hold a nut with the Spirit's pliers while turning a bolt using the Tinker's Phillips screwdriver, which can't be done with the Farmer.

A Farmer can't turn phillips head screws? 

In my experience, the end of the can opener works better for turning phillips screws than the backspring phillips, unless the head of the screw is in tight quarters.  The backspring phillips is too polished and rounded to grab many screws, and has a very short reach due to the T-handle setup.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2008, 06:42:31 PM by NutSAK »

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2008, 06:47:12 PM »
All good points, but as I've said before, the third layer in the ALOX models like the Farmer, Electrician Plus and Pioneer Harvester also add a significant level of comfort in addition to the saw.  Even if you don't use the saw, it makes them fit your hand better than a Soldier etc.  Or at least, that's been my experience! :D

You are right though, there aren't a lot of good reasons to double up on the saw or some of the other tools.

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2008, 06:57:11 PM »
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In my experience, the end of the can opener works better for turning phillips screws than the backspring phillips, unless the head of the screw is in tight quarters.  The backspring phillips is too polished and rounded to grab many screws, and has a very short reach due to the T-handle setup.
This is true, even when I used to carry a Tinker I used the can opener tip unless it was a recessed screw. The Vic can opener is a pretty darn good Phillips screwdriver too.

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2008, 07:01:03 PM »
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In my experience, the end of the can opener works better for turning phillips screws than the backspring phillips, unless the head of the screw is in tight quarters.  The backspring phillips is too polished and rounded to grab many screws, and has a very short reach due to the T-handle setup.
This is true, even when I used to carry a Tinker I used the can opener tip unless it was a recessed screw. The Vic can opener is a pretty darn good Phillips screwdriver too.

I can't say I have ever tried that.  I will do now though.  :)

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2008, 07:05:33 PM »
I don't EDC my Spirit, but since I rarely go out it's usually near me. I keep in in a centrally located place in my house so I'm always close to it. And if I DO carry it I don't carry my Farmer.


Ooops, my bad.  I mis-remembered you mentioning that you EDC your Spirit.


But since getting my Farmer I have yet to come across a Phillips screw that couldn't be handled by the Farmer. I use the saw more often than I need to go find a different Phillips screwdriver so for me the Farmer is a better choice.


Glad to hear the Farmer works for you.

However, a Hiker might well fit your needs even better as it offers both woodsaw AND dedicated Phillips driver.

.

N
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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #35 on: March 26, 2008, 07:12:38 PM »
I don't need saw, day in day out, but I find it comforting to know it there :)

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #36 on: March 26, 2008, 07:14:55 PM »
I don't need saw, day in day out, but I find it comforting to know it there :)

Hear, hear!  :cheers:.  It works well on materials other than wood too, such as PVC and sheet rock. 

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2008, 07:19:52 PM »
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Ooops, my bad.  I mis-remembered you mentioning that you EDC your Spirit.
I used too but then it got relegated to shelf duty when I got my Farmer. It's being modded with a pocket clip right now so when I get it back it may become my EDC again. Who knows? My EDC varies quite a bit.  :P

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However, a Hiker might well fit your needs even better as it offers both woodsaw AND dedicated Phillips driver.
LOL Actually I'm thinking of getting a Fieldmaster with PLUS scales, that way I can quit carrying my Classic on my keychain. But if I go that route I'm sure I'll still go back and forth between what I carry. I have the attention span of a 3 year old on speed.

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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2008, 07:20:21 PM »
I've lost count of the thing's I've used that saw for, and it'd never needed sharpening!


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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #39 on: March 26, 2008, 07:26:45 PM »
I would say the Swisschamp but it is a too big sometimes . Its got to be a Climber paired with a Swisstool  :climber: :multi: Not alot comes close .

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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #40 on: March 26, 2008, 07:28:02 PM »
Maybe we should have a poll ???

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #41 on: March 26, 2008, 07:28:20 PM »
I would say the Swisschamp but it is a too big sometimes . Its got to be a Climber paired with a Swisstool  :climber: :multi: Not alot comes close .

Dunc

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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2008, 07:28:50 PM »
A Spartan you say :think:

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #43 on: March 26, 2008, 07:29:31 PM »
A Spartan you say :think:

Yeah.  You should get one.  :P

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #44 on: March 26, 2008, 07:30:08 PM »
A Spartan you say :think:

Yeah.  You should get one.  :P
I had one...very briefly :D

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #45 on: March 26, 2008, 07:31:10 PM »
They do one that comes without the key ring as well.   :D

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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #46 on: March 26, 2008, 07:31:59 PM »
They do one that comes without the key ring as well.   :D
Do they ???, how terribly novel of them :D

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #47 on: March 26, 2008, 07:33:38 PM »
In your opinion, how is it "better"?  The Farmer's woodsaw is longer than the Spirit's.  IMO, that is "better".

I don't own either Spirit or Farmer, but have briefly handled them in a store.

So, perhaps I am mis-remembering...

But, doesn't the Spirit woodsaw lock open?  And, doesn't the Farmer not have a locking woodsaw?

I didn't directly compare saw lengths between Spirit and Farmer, but surely there isn't that much of a difference... 


A Farmer can't turn phillips head screws? 

In my experience, the end of the can opener works better for turning phillips screws than the backspring phillips, unless the head of the screw is in tight quarters.  The backspring phillips is too polished and rounded to grab many screws, and has a very short reach due to the T-handle setup.


Perhaps I should have been more explicit in my example:  "holding a nut with the Spirit's pliers while turning a RECESSED bolt using the Tinker's Phillips driver"

I've used a SAK can opener to turn Phillips screws when the SAK I was using lacked a dedicated Phillips.  Mostly it worked out OK, but I also recall buggering up some Phillips screws when turning them with the can opener.

So, in general I'd prefer to use the SAK dedicated Phillips driver rather than the can opener.  Plus, I encounter lots of recessed Phillips that the can opener won't even touch.

.

N
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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #48 on: March 26, 2008, 07:37:04 PM »
The saw on the Spirit does indeed lock open, but I've never had a Farmer saw blade fold on me, so I think it's a moot point, regarding the lock (or lack there off), the greater length of the Farmer however is hard to argue with :)

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #49 on: March 26, 2008, 07:40:10 PM »
So, in general I'd prefer to use the SAK dedicated Phillips driver rather than the can opener.  Plus, I encounter lots of recessed Phillips that the can opener won't even touch.

You should try a model with the in-line phillips driver if you haven't.  It's the best of both worlds.  It fits more heads, gets into tight areas, and has great reach.

I've buggered-up many more phillips screws with that over-polished backspring phillips than anything else.  Out of the 60 SAKs I own, I now only have one that has the backspring phillips, and that's just because I can't find a SAK that has the same implements as a Deluxe Tinker w/a corkscrew instead of the phillips.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2008, 07:43:44 PM by NutSAK »

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #50 on: March 26, 2008, 07:42:22 PM »
I agree, the inline one is far better.  :)  I just wish it didn't have to come on the same layer as a magnifyer.  :(

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #51 on: March 26, 2008, 07:43:44 PM »
Yep the inline is far better, until it closes on your fingers :o

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #52 on: March 26, 2008, 07:44:43 PM »
The saw on the Spirit does indeed lock open, but I've never had a Farmer saw blade fold on me, so I think it's a moot point, regarding the lock (or lack there off), the greater length of the Farmer however is hard to argue with :)


I'm not arguing with it.

Since you own both, perhaps you could enlighten me as to the difference in length?

Personally, I'd prefer to have a slightly shorter locking saw to a slightly longer saw that didn't lock.

.

N
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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2008, 07:45:31 PM »
I agree, the inline one is far better.  :)  I just wish it didn't have to come on the same layer as a magnifyer.  :(

...or that crappy LED.

I find uses for the magnifier, but most of the time I just put up with it as a consequence of needing the phillips.  :)

- Terry

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #54 on: March 26, 2008, 07:49:31 PM »
I agree, the inline one is far better.  :)  I just wish it didn't have to come on the same layer as a magnifyer.  :(

...or that crappy LED.

I find uses for the magnifier, but most of the time I just put up with it as a consequence of needing the phillips.  :)

Ever come across any mods that don't have either of these?

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #55 on: March 26, 2008, 07:51:29 PM »
Yep the inline is far better, until it closes on your fingers :o

I've never had that happen, but I have had the backspring one close on me.

Have you tried the newer phillips that comes with the new design magnifier?  The backspring engages a slot in the back of the driver, and works as a passive "lock" that keeps it snapped open pretty tightly. 

- Terry

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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #56 on: March 26, 2008, 07:51:41 PM »
The saw on the Spirit does indeed lock open, but I've never had a Farmer saw blade fold on me, so I think it's a moot point, regarding the lock (or lack there off), the greater length of the Farmer however is hard to argue with :)


I'm not arguing with it.

Since you own both, perhaps you could enlighten me as to the difference in length?

Personally, I'd prefer to have a slightly shorter locking saw to a slightly longer saw that didn't lock.

.

There's not much in it, (just ran up stairs to check :D) maybe 5-6 mm, I've got to admit to being suprised at that as it feels longer :think:

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #57 on: March 26, 2008, 07:53:05 PM »
Yep the inline is far better, until it closes on your fingers :o

I've never had that happen, but I have had the backspring one close on me.

Have you tried the newer phillips that comes with the new design magnifier?  The backspring engages a slot in the back of the driver, and works as a passive "lock" that keeps it snapped open pretty tightly. 
Nope, not tried the newer design yet :), good to see that Vic are still tweaking the design though :)

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #58 on: March 26, 2008, 07:53:17 PM »
I agree, the inline one is far better.  :)  I just wish it didn't have to come on the same layer as a magnifyer.  :(

...or that crappy LED.

I find uses for the magnifier, but most of the time I just put up with it as a consequence of needing the phillips.  :)

Ever come across any mods that don't have either of these?

No, but it certainly would be worth looking into, wouldn't it?  It might be difficult to find another tool that would fit in there due to the width of that layer.  An electrician's blade (sheepsfoot) would be great, but it's too narrow and would have to be spaced out.

- Terry

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Re: Best SAK Ever!!!
« Reply #59 on: March 26, 2008, 07:56:12 PM »
Where's Bill when you need him.  :D  A robertson would be cool.

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